Getting ready for Christmas at Uni.

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re well and feeling ready and excited for Christmas- we finish this week for the holidays! It is my favourite time of year and I really don’t think anything beats that feeling of having friends and family around you at Christmas. That’s why i can be quite difficult before you go home, to feel in the spirit while being at uni, especially when you have deadlines, are budgeting and are away from those you love at home! So  in today’s blog, I thought it would be appropriate to give you some ideas on how to get into the Christmas spirit while at Edge Hill!

Make a Christmas dinner with friends

 

For some of my friends and I, we thought it would be a lovely idea to make a Christmas dinner. In order to keep costs down, each of us prepared a different part of the meal and simply reheated it when it was time for the dinner! This was a great idea, as because I ended up being quite cheap we had money left over to buy Baileys, Christmas

hats and a colour your own table

cloth!

Why not decorate your flat and get involved!

I understand that we are all on a budget, and that when you don’t have a lot of money left, you’d rather spend that money on essentials, but I was surprised with how cheap it can be to buy Christmas decorations. From Poundland, Aldi and B&M, you can get all sorts from tinsel, to mini Christmas trees and even Christmas projectors! And if you split the price with friends and flatmates it would end up being a few pounds each! Also a nice idea is to make decorations, again I understand that at this time of year, we have to prioritise deadlines and work. But as a break it can be therapeutic and fun to do some arts and crafts, for example making paper snowflakes and garlands! Getting involved with activities and things going on around you- for example the Edge Hill Christmas fair or the Ormskirk light switch on!

Keep in touch with Family and Friends!

As I’ve said, Christmas time is all about spending time with those you love so, stay involved! Maybe Facetime your family as they are putting up the Christmas tree or decorations at home and maybe buy some Christmas presents for your friends or make your own! Next week I will be making a blog on cheap, homemade Christmas gift ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and it has got you in the spirit! Thank you for reading, please comment any questions if you have any- would love to hear from you!

Alice! : )

 

 

 

Looking after yourself at Edge Hill!

Hi Guys!

I hope you are well, and congratulations to everyone who has been offered a place to study here. I hope you are all excited for the journey that lies ahead of you, I remember that feeling well!

For today’s blog, I thought it would be appropriate to write about ways in which you can take care of yourself at uni, and making sure you can be the best you can be mentally, physically, emotionally and in your studying.  My tutor told us that around this time of year he notices a lot of students missing lectures, therefore vital information and teaching, so I am going to give you some tips to make you feel the best you can and therefore prevent you from missing lectures and going out!


Treat yourself!

I remember, a few weeks into uni I phoned my Dad and told him how I was struggling as I was missing home and feeling down and he told me to treat myself. So whether this be with something like a nice lipstick or some home comfort food, but obviously I do this in moderation! But for me, it really helps to cheer me up and remind myself that I am worth it, just taking that time to watch a film on a Saturday night with a face mask and chocolate never fails to make me feel better.


Exercise

I know, this one is quite subjective, but for me I always feel so much better after doing a bit of exercise! I really enjoy going to the gym on campus, only a two minute walk from my accommodation and going to yoga or zumba and going for a swim! Or going on a walk or jog into Ormskirk and around Coronation park. This doesn’t have to be alone either, it might be nice to invite someone from your flat or course or join a sports team where you can meet like minded people!


Plan things to look forward to!

This one is definitely a big one for me and I know friends who feel exactly the same! This could be anything from planning on having my boyfriend, friends or family from home to visit, going on a night out, or like me and some friends from my course are doing- making a Christmas dinner before we all going back home for Christmas! It’s always nice to plan fun things to do when you have a bit of free time.


I hope this has helped you in getting an idea of what uni life is like and ways you can look after yourself in order to make sure you are happy and well. Always remember that there are people here to help, whether that be your lecturers, fellow students or campus life, everyone will be there for you! Please ask any questions you’ve got!

Alice : )

My first blog and a bit about myself!

Hi prospective students, I’m Alice!
As this is my first blog I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce myself so you can get to know a bit about the person behind the blogs!


Why did you chose Edge Hill?
I remember first hearing about Edge Hill at a university fair at college and I had looked into and around a few other different universities before I found Edge Hill. I knew I wanted to go to university and perhaps do something with teaching but that’s all I was sure about! At college I took English lit, textiles and drama and did an EPQ so I had a variety of things I enjoyed studying.  Outside of college I worked in a hotel, enjoyed babysitting, swimming, running and  socialising. When I looked into Edge Hill uni, I found that it wasn’t too far away (about 2 hours in the car) and how friendly and welcoming it felt, I knew I would love it here. This was before I even knew what I wanted to study, but seeing the Education and English course was the icing on the cake- it was exactly want I wanted to do!


How have you found your first few months here?

Honestly, I have loved it! And I really do mean that, obviously there have been times when I’ve missed my family and friends at home but I have found so much support from fellow students and members of staff that really have made me feel happy here!

I am from a town so to me Ormskirk feels like a home from home, walking through the streets on a Thursday or Saturday on the market days is always lovely and treating myself to some Ormskirk gingerbread always makes my week! There’s also loads for different things to do in Ormskirk, on campus and in different places only a short train journey away, I will be making a blog post soon about places I enjoy going in the local area at the weekend with friends.

I am part of the Edge Hill swim team, the arts and crafts society and LGBT society so my blogs will also revolve around the societies I am part of and how much I enjoy them. Now I can also say I’m a blogger for the university- and already I have met some brilliant new people from doing this! I would highly recommend joining different teams, societies and volunteering  as it is a brilliant opportunity meet so many different and new people, as well as the people on your course and in your flat!


If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask, would be great to hear from you! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and learning a bit about me, I am excited to share more about myself and my experiences with you! I hope this has helped you and I’m sure you’ll hear from me soon!

 

Alice 🙂